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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: April 30, 2021 02:03 PM
From: Senator Carolyn T. Comitta
To: All Senate members
Subject: Hunger-Free College Campuses
As tuition for American colleges and universities continues to rise and financial aid fails to keep up, many students are forced to ignore their basic needs. Though it may come as a surprise, between one-third and one-half of college students struggle to find enough to eat.

Given that college is hard enough without worrying where your next meal will come from, I am introducing legislation to tackle the issue of food insecurity on campuses across Pennsylvania. The Hunger-Free Campus Act would establish a grant program for institutions that take certain actions to eliminate hunger on their campus, including providing a food pantry and establishing a hunger task force. Meanwhile, it would direct the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to deliver a report on food insecurity at colleges and universities, so we have the information we need to develop additional long-term solutions.

Right here in the richest country in the history of the world, many are denied the basic securities they need to survive. We can—and must—do better. This legislation will mirror the Hunger-Free College Campus legislation brought forward by Rep. Kenyatta and Rep. O'Mara this session. Please join us in standing with the hardworking students of Pennsylvania by co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB719